SANDA ILIESCU

Education: B.S.E. in Civil Engineering, Princeton University; M.Arch., Princeton University


Background: Sanda Iliescu's professional work spans the fields of architecture and art. Among her professional awards are The Rome Prize in Architecture and The Distinguished Artist Award of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. She began her career by practicing architecture in Princeton, NJ. She taught architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Princeton University. She concentrates her recent professional work in fine arts - her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Rome, Italy. She has taught in the art departments at Princeton and the State University of New York. A show of her artwork will open this fall at the Amarcord Gallery in Beacon, New York.
At UVA Professor Iliescu teaches design studios as well as painting and drawing courses. Through her teaching, she seeks to deepen the dialogue between the School of Architecture and the broader university community. Her course Fundamentals of Design, a required course for architecture majors, introduces many liberal arts students to architecture. With Dean Karen Van Lengen and Professor Robin Dripps she organized the recent Ethics-Aesthetics Symposium (www.virginia.edu/arch/ethics-aesthetics-2002). Sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics, this event brought internationally prominent designers, artists and writers to the School of Architecture. In conjunction with this symposium, Professor Iliescu taught the interdisciplinary course Painting as Ethical Metaphor.



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